Healthy goji berries

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Goji berries are the most nutritionally dense fruit on Earth. Native to the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet and Mongolia, the goji berry is now grown in many other countries as well.

Goji berries are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, fiber, iron, vitamin A , zinc and antioxidants.

Used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years, goji berries are most commonly sold in dried form and make a great snack eaten as is, added to trail mix, muesli or oatmeal. They can also be soaked for a couple of hours in enough water to cover them. Then the soak water can be drained off and makes a delicious drink, or both water and berries added to smoothies.

Touted for their antioxidant properties, goji berries supposedly boost your immune system, improve your brain function, increase your life expectancy and reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, although high-quality studies are lacking.

Some health claims also state that goji berries can increase life expectancy, lower blood pressure and reduce arthritis pain.

People who drank goji berry juice reported an increase in energy, athletic performance, quality of sleep, ability to focus, calmness and overall well-being.

Here is one recipe for berry – chia breakfast.

The Chia Pudding

  • 2 tablespoons Chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened almond or sunflower seed milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla bean powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground cinnamon

The Toppings

  • 2 tablespoons Goji berries
  • 2 tablespoons¬† Cashews
  • 1 teaspoon Raw cacao nibs

Start by soaking your chia seeds in the sunflower or almond milk. Whisk well with a fork and make sure to break up any clumps. Whisk in the vanilla powder and cinnamon. Let sit for 5 minutes, stir again, and place in the fridge 30 minutes or overnight. After 30 minutes or in the morning, top with cashews.

 

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